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Old 09-11-2004, 08:19 AM   #1
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Memories of 9/11

After a night shift, I went to eat and drink margaritas with colleagues before a 9 am meeting. As I entered the meeting room, everyone was focused on the TV where we witnessed the horror that had just occurred and was still happening before our eyes. We sat for over an hour, mostly in shock, trying to make sense of the new world we now inhabited. Our eyes were glued to every detail on the TV. Some cried, others wished they could.

I wanted to get out of the medical center, because I feared we too would be a target. During the drive home, I kept looking up, wondering what might fall from the sky. The absence of planes was surreal in my part of town near a major airport and an air force base. The jets are so frequent here you hardly notice them, but it sure was obvious when they were gone. The world seemed quieter. You could sense the fear all around.

Later, the sense of community and patriotism all Americans shared was wonderful. You could almost feel it in the air. The divisiveness we are going through now as a country was nonexistent in the months after 9/11. Flags flew from most cars and most houses. The petty squabbles of daily life were put aside.

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I was about 20 miles out from the WTC. I could see the smoke over the trees.

The night before, I almost stayed at an RV park right across the water from the WTC, I would have been very close.... but it was raining and I decided it wasn't worth it.

That day, I recall filling up my gas tank, the air and atmosphere definitely felt different.

Everything had changed.
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Old 09-11-2004, 08:40 AM   #3
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I was sitting at my desk at work. I heard some people talking about it but I did not understand the enormity of the situation until I heard it on my car radio at lunch.

I wrote this down that night,
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Today, September 11, 2001 our country was attacked by multiple
terrorist actions. The World Trade Center towers are gone.
The Pentagon is severely damaged. Casualties will number in the
ten thousands, and the dead in the thousands. I fear that these
estimates may ultimately fall short of the actual figures. I am
still in disbelief. Four passenger jets hijacked by suicide bombers
and used in kamikazee attacks. All of this right out of thin air.
A clear, sunny morning shattered by the intentional mass-murder of
thousands of Americans. Most of these people were civilians.
Today we were shocked from our normal existence by this catastrophe,
but it has only served to unify our country. Today, we say in
one clear voice, "This will not stand."
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I am thankful that the terrorists were so preoccupied with plans of hijacking, and flying planes at an angle to do max damage to a building, that they neglected to look up when the most people would be in the WTC. That single mistake ended up saving tens of thousands of lives.
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Meh. Patriotism in the United States is weak. When something bad happens, people rally around the flag, and patriotism is at its all time high. Otherwise, everyone starts bashing the president, this country's ideals, etc.

The 9/11 coverage is getting on my nerves. Why do I have to sit through this for the third time? That's why I don't watch much TV. I hope we can remember 9/11 as a time of change, instead of a poor excuse for a slow news day. We need to move on.
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On the morning of 9/11 I woke up to the news of the WTC being rammed by the first plane.
AS my wife and I watched the second plane hit we just though of horror that unfolded in front of us and that this will be on every tv station. Great.

I live very close to an AFB and after the WTC was attacked every plane that could fly was in the air. Some time after that it was quiet, no planes. I told my wife to come out side to listen, because this will not happen again in our lives.

The day after:
I work at a Nuclear Power generation facility. The Gov ordered the Az Natl. Guard out and provide extra security for the plant. before enetring the site we were told that EVERY vehicle will be searched. It took another hour and a half to just get to the parking lot.
I'm constantly reminded of the 9/11 attacks by the looking at the security upgrades that have been done since then and the security officers that were called to active duty.
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I got a call at 6:15 in the morning from my daughter to turn the TV on. Since I just suffered an L5 compression fracture 10 days before I needed some real coaxing to get out of bed. I don't think I felt the pain for the next 24 hours. The pictures of Palestinians dancing in the street are still seared in my memory. I didn't feel fear, but I was ready for revenge.
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Meh. Patriotism in the United States is weak. When something bad happens, people rally around the flag, and patriotism is at its all time high. Otherwise, everyone starts bashing the president, this country's ideals, etc.
This guy writes an interesting writeup about it.

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Two years later I take a certain grim comfort in some people’s disinterest in the war; if you’d told me two years ago that people would be piling on the President and bitching about slow progress in Iraq, I would have known in a second that the nation hadn’t suffered another attack. When the precise location of Madonna’s tongue is big news, you can bet the hospitals aren’t full of smallpox victims. Of course some people are impatient with those who still recall the shock of 9/11; the same people were crowding the message boards of internet sites on the afternoon of the attacks, eager to blame everyone but the hijackers. They hate this nation. In their hearts, they hate humanity. They would rather cheer the perfect devils than come to the aid of a compromised angel. They can talk for hours about how wrong it was to kill babies, busboys, businessmen, receptionists, janitors, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers - and then they lean towards you, eyes wide, and they say the fatal word:

But.

And then you realize that the eulogy is just a preface. All that concern for the dead is nothing more than the knuckle-cracking of an organist who’s going to play an E minor chord until we all agree we had it coming.

http://www.lileks.com/bleats/archive...03/091103.html
I just browsed around my images site, and I'm seeing images like these (see attached). It upsets me that people find this amusing. People from other countries are claiming America would be laughing it it happened to anyone else. What's wrong with them? No one should be laughing at 9/11, or the Russian school situation of recent. None of it it funny, regardless of who it happened to.
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The morning of 9/11, I was in my high school drafting class. I had no idea what was going on. My uncle doesn't live far from the WTC, and I became fearful. I immediately went home during lunch, which apparently is illegal, but I didn't care. I talked to my uncle for a bit, and he said he was okay. He was at work in the lower part of Manhattan. Luckily, my teacher didn't dock me for skipping class. She understood. I was filled with heartbreak, and anger that day. Do you think it changed all our lives?
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Jason, those pictures are ******* bullshit! I've seen them before elsewhere. I don't know who has the gall to even Photocrap those pics. Assholes.
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We can't even make it 1 page before someone brings up that damned presidential election!

Is this thread going to turn into another "I know you are, but what am I?" and "My candidate can kick your candidate's ***!" argument?
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Old 09-11-2004, 04:59 PM   #13
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My daughter had just woke up. She was 16 months at the time. I had just pulled a late shift at work so the wife got up with her. They went out and turned the TV on. I hear my wife say, "An airplane flew into one of the Twin Towers in NY city." I didn't pay much attention to it. Then she said, "Um Jim, the other tower just got hit. And it looked like a BIG plane." Now it had peaked my curiosity. I went out and saw what she was talking about and my jaw hit the floor. I knew immediately it wasn't good. Especially when the replays started.

Immediately we started 12 on 12 off at work and loaded 4 of our jets with HEI rounds for the gun and Sidewinders and put in alert status because of the WTC Dallas/Ft. Worth, Lockeed in Ft. Worth, and DFW airport. We were swapping with the AirForce on base which alert status we were in. One of us was alert 15 and the other was alert 5.
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was working in Hudson, MA on a 16 truck. It was some down time so we were at the station and we just happened to put it on the news

we saw the first tower smoking and we were wondering what the hell happened. we were talking about rumors of a missile hitting it or some sort of plane

Just as I turned again I saw the other plane heading for the tower and I thought- wow, they got footage of the impact. Just before it hit- it hit me- It was footage from a Copter cam saw it at basically eye level

Throughout the day my truck was on the list to be on the alert to head into NYC to help with the relief- we didn't end up going though

Luckily, none of my friends from the area were hurt, though I do indirectly know 4 of the people that died in the Pentagon
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Shortly after the horrific event taken place, I was in the mall going to get something, not knowing what had happened. When I look back on it now, I feel like I have dropped the ball, sort of speak. Usually I watch the news often throughout the day and for some reason, I didn't bother. No one would have guessed just how much it affected us, one way or another. It made a profound impression on my town and especially on me. For those that don't know, Gander was the town that recieved a lot, if not, the majority of the planes that were in the air when the U.S air space was shut down. I don't think I have ever told you this before and what better time than on today, 9/11. I will warn you that this little story is a bit long, so here goes...

I bumped into a couple friends at the mall and they asked if I watched the news, I replied, "No". They said that World War 3 was coming and all hell was going to break lose. I thought to myself that they lost their minds. I proceded to Radio Shack and while I waited for the salesperson to get me something, I noticed on the wall of televisions that a lot of people were running and debris flying, not realizing the extent of the situation. The salesperson checked me in and I went on my way.

I went back to the restuarant and turned on the television to see what all the commotion was about. They were just showing the towers collapsing and it felt like watching something out of a movie. It didn't look like something that extreme could happen in the real world. My mom and the waitress came to see as well and we all got goose bumps just looking at it. We couldn't really grasp what went on and what we were seeing. The waitress later found out on the radio, that canadian airports were going to have to accept all of the airplanes that were denied of enterting U.S air space.

As the day went on, we could hear the planes coming in for landings, almost continously, one after the other (which is really odd because Gander, on a regular day only gets planes every 30 minutes to an hour. The planes were landing as fast as it could be moved away to make space!). News was starting to go around town that the roads leading out of the airport were all closed off by police and all the passengers weren't allowed off the plane! Click the image to open in full size.
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The following day, streets were no longer for vehicles. Just about all the passengers (Over 6500 of them. Our town had doubled in poplation in one day!) were wandering around town and no one was going about their "ordinary day". All the schools, churches, and hotels were used for them to stay in, and everyone helped each other out. The restaurants in town donated food and stores donated sleeping blankets and clothes. It was really special to see so many people come together and help out complete strangers without thinking twice.

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It was really special to see so many people come together and help out complete strangers without thinking twice.
Yes it was.

I had not heard of your town or its wonderful story before. Thanks for sharing with us.
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On the evening of September 10, 2001, I flew to Pheonix, AZ to train a customer for 3 days. When I got up the next morning to go get my free breakfast at the hotel, I watched the TV. The first plane had hit. As I ate my bagel the second plane hit. The training went on, but everyone was distracted. At noon, they let everyone go home. The next couple days, we went on with the training because we had nowhere else to go. By Thursday, the planes were still not flying and we worried about how we were going to get home. We considered renting a car and driving (a very long drive). By Thursday evening, planes were flying. We went to the airport. I've flown a lot in my life, but that trip back was the most surreal I'd ever taken. Everyone was silent. At the airport, on the plane, everywhere. There were police with dogs at the airport. We had removed all the scissors and tweezers from our bags. On the plane, the pilot tried to keep calm and light, but he did say "be very careful what you say. Please, no joking." When we landed, there was a literal collective sigh, and applause errupted.
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Didn't it seem like the media coverage and general attitude about the anniversary of this national tragedy were sort of apathetic?

Granted, it has been three years, and we still have a lot of other things going on in the world (and nation) right now, but still....I was disappointed with the response. I would hate to see us take this for granted, and to have us slip back into the pre-9/11 coccoon of false security.
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I got that feeling too.

I heard some people are lighting 4 candles, one for each of the planes. I liked that idea.
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I was at Networld Interop in Atlanta, GA I was living in Lincoln, NE at that time. I was eating breakfast and the TV broke away to report the first plane hitting the WTC, as we were watching I saw the second plane hit and could not believe it, I knew right away we were under attack and was a bit freaked out as I was staying right next to Peach Tree Tower in Atlanta, one of the tallest if not the tallest building in Atlanta. We went to the conference but it was surreal, all the large vendors like Microsoft, Cisco etc were all closing down there booths and renting buses and spaces on Trains to get there employees home. We were scheduled to be at the conference for another 2 days, we opted to rent a car and drive from Atlanta back to Lincoln, we made it very fast, there were no cops and the roads were empty nobody was travelling, Ive never seen anything like it.

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The first plane hit the WTC just after I had gotten to work. I sat down at my pc and went to Yahoo.com to check the news as I always did. I noticed the story about the first plane. It was very vague and I just assumed it was a commuter plane or something. I thought to myself, "Gee, that sucks."

A few minutes later, my wife calls me and says they're talking about the plane crash on the radio. It looks like a terrorist attack. Just then the second plane hit. I tried to check Yahoo, but the site was busy. CNN.com too.

People in the office started talking. The guy I shared my office with was cracking jokes. I didn't think it was funny. Someone said the White House had been hit, then the Capitol Building, and finally the Pentagon.

I went out to my car and turned on the radio. The morning guys on Y100 were still on. It was after 10am. They should have left by now. They were talking about the two planes in NYC and the hit at the Pentagon.

I go back inside, there's a message from my father. "Call me, ASAP", he said. I call him. "Code yellow, boy" are the first words he said to me. "I'm on it", I replied. He told me what he knew, which was the same as everyone else. We agreed to meet at the usual spot if necessary.

I tried to get back on Yahoo. Success. They said that one of the towers had collapsed and the the other one may go soon. I went back out to my car. KYW said the same thing.

My boss showed up around noon. She said nothing about the attacks. Instead she asked about the business of the day. Later in the day she would go into a rage about a bug in our software. I didn't care. I just wanted to go home and make sure my wife was ok.

My wife left work early. I stayed until 7p. I got home around 8p. Every station was covering the story. I saw for the first time the destruction. No words can describe what I was feeling.

We ate dinner and spent the rest of the night in front of the TV. I called my friends to make sure everyone was ok. My wife called her family. We hardly spoke to each other that night. I just held her in my arms until we both fell asleep.

The day before the terrorist attacks, Y100 had on Ed Kowalczyk from the band Live promoting their new disk "Five". Ed played an accoustic version of a song from the album called "Overcome". The new disk was released on Sept 11th.

This past Saturday was September 11th. My wife and I, and a friend from work, went to see Live play at the York Fairgrounds. Towards the end of their set, Ed played "Overcome". The crowd that was once happily dancing and singing along, was now silent. As the song played, I held my wife and looked around at the crowd. Friends were holding hands, husbands were embracing their wives, mothers and fathers were hugging their children. Nary a dry eye to be found, including myself.

That one moment was more powerfull than any news story, or rememberance ceremony. I'll never forget it for as long as I live.
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